This is Tornado season - which means you will be hearing the area sirens being tested on Tuesday mornings at 10 AM. Now is a good time to have the family discussion on what to do in the event of severe weather. It is important that everyone is aware of the weather and that everyone has an action plan, including contact info and where to go in the event you are affected.

Thunderstorms or tornadoes - which are nature’s most violent storms - can happen at any time of the day, can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds - so please be prepared - you can find guidelines for an action plan on the McHenry County web site - and there will be links to this info on www.ufpd.org site as well!

A Tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 200 plus miles per hour. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds hide others. Tornadoes may develop rapidly, so that little, if any, advance warning is possible - the fastest way to alert an area is thru the sirens. - A problem that is becoming more frequent is that smart phone apps will provide alerts that cover a much broader area. Unfortunately many times this alert covers areas far from our area. This causes confusion and unnecessary anxiety on social media, as well as phone calls to 911. Misleading weather alerts also cause people to ignore real alerts as false or misleading, and can be a grave mistake during a real storm.

Please take alerts seriously. If your smart phone sends a severe weather alert - look for further information, or look at the weather - always listen for the sirens - if the sirens do sound, it is because it has been determined that a real threat is in our area.

I want to thank everyone that came out to support the Union Lions Club pancake breakfasts, held this past month. These were well attended and will support area scholarships, and provide support for the Caskey family of Marengo. The Union Fire Dept received many compliments from the community on providing such a great location for these breakfasts. The Lions Club plans on scheduling more pancake breakfasts in the future!

Union Fire Department is happy to announce that Tim Camp has been promoted from Lieutenant to Assistant Chief of Union Fire Dept. Tim Camp has operated his business, Frontier Ponds in Union since 1997, and has been a member of the Union Fire Department since 2009. Tim has and continues to train members of our Department. He will be involved with training as well as acting as liaison with other neighboring Fire Departments. Please congratulate Tim Camp on his achievements. We are all so proud of him!

As always the Union Fire Fighters will be out training on Tuesday nights, feel free to watch us in action, and we are always available to answer questions!

Stay Safe!

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